Balancing pH

Today’s North American diet is largely comprised of acid forming foods, and consumption of such a diet over months and years is recognized as a contributing factor to a number of more serious health conditions, including neurological diseases, auto-immune disorders, and osteoporosis. No brainer, really. Eat junk over decades and it’ll catch up to you eventually.

That said, we have access to a wealth of quality foods from around the world at our corner supermarket. There’s no excuse NOT to do better. First step to combating a poor diet? Balancing your poor food choices with more alkaline forming foods. As you’ll see in the chart below, some foods are better than others in this regard. I’m not saying aim for 100% alkaline foods, it’s called pH BALANCE after all, but a 60/40 ratio (alkaline to acidic) or better still, 75/25, should be aimed for. Don’t get me wrong, I endorse a moderately high protein diet (relative to your lean body mass) for most fitness goals, even though animal protein is acidic, but simply pair your protein source with veggies and carb sources from the right hand column below. Sweet potatos and spinach with your chicken breast, for example. For more, READ THIS LINK



Mitch Calvert is a Winnipeg-based fitness coach for men and women like his former self. Heavyset in his 20s, he lost 60 pounds and now helps clients find their spark and lose the weight for life.